Airbus delivers the first A330neo
TAP Air Portugal is the first airline to put the A330-900 service it has received in Toulouse into service.
Airbus has finally started deliveries of its newest aircraft, the so-called neo-family of the A330.
TAP Air Portugal, as planned, has become the first airline to receive the new A330-900, aircraft owned by the Avolon leasing company. This first A330-900, CS-TUB, MSN 1836, is equipped with 34 business, 96 tourist plus and 168 tourist seats.
Airbus had planned to deliver five copies this year to the Portuguese airline, but from this they point out their doubts that they are finally more than three. In 2019 there will be 15 that will reach the TAP Air Portugal fleet, aircraft that will replace the A330-200 and -300 in service.
TAP Air Portugal will begin long-haul flights with this aircraft in a few weeks, with Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) as the first destinations. EASA has certified the A330-900 for ETOPS 180 flights with a restriction that states that the Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines that equip it must have less than 500 cycles. According to the engine manufacturer this limitation is due to delays in delivering all the technical documentation in the certification tests and not to technical problems in the engines. Rolls-Royce is confident that this limitation will be lifted before the end of the year. EASA certified the A330-900 for ETOPS 180 on November 14, and is expected to certify it for ETOPS 330 throughout 2019.